` Synnergy Laboratories Advisory SLA-2000-16
Master Index directory traversal vulnerability
Linux/UNIX with Master Index
Synnergy Labs has found a flaw within Master Index that allows a user to successfully
traverse the filesystem on a remote host, allowing arbitary files/folders to be
Master Index is a professional search engine such as Yahoo and Alta Vista.
This search engine supports loads of features. Admins can set script to automatically
add submissions or wait until confirmed by the admin, users can edit and delete their
listings, admins can add/edit/delete categories and sub-categories, and supports
unlimited listings. Product pricing is $199.95 US
Master Index can be found at:http://www.armadastyle.com/masterindex.html
Synnergy has recently discovered a flaw within Master Index that allows a remote user
to traverse the filesystem as a request to the script using the
$catigory=_some_dir_variable. It is then possible to read any file or folder's contents
with priviledges as the httpd.
The above line if given will output all the directories and the file contents, that are
nested within /etc directory. Other more sinister content can be revealed from there.
Due to the commercial license of the product we where unable to check the code for the
exact bug, or even for the discovery of more bugs.
The vendors have been informed of the bug. It is advised to wait for the next patched
version of Master Index to be released.
Discovery: pestilence @ synnergy.net
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